Participation in interlibrary loan (ILL) is available to all Kansas libraries.
Lending among libraries of all types for the use of an individual is in the public interest and should be encouraged.
Interlibrary borrowing should be no substitute for the development of adequate collections based on the needs of the library's area of service.
No library should depend upon another to supply the normal needs of its clientele except under special agreement for such service.
It is not for librarians to judge the importance of materials requested by a user so long as such requests fall within the broad parameters of library service. Librarians should attempt to obtain such materials even if not appropriate for the collection of the requesting library.
The KIC Council, or a committee from its membership, in cooperation with the Kansas State Library, will develop, review, and revise sufficient statistical gathering mechanisms to accurately gauge statewide resource sharing activity.
The Kansas ILL Board of Directors (KILBD) is responsible for convening and running KIC Council meetings, studying policy recommendations, dealing with policy issues and protocols, and coordinating ILL training.
The KILBD Continuing Education Committee will coordinate ILL continuing education in cooperation with the regional library systems, the Kansas State Library, and other groups.
Best Practices for Requesting Libraries
Search and fill requests locally whenever possible before requesting through ILL. Items that your library owns, but are not available, should generally not be requested on ILL.
Use electronic methods such as KICNET or OCLC whenever possible.